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College Campaign Draws Attention to Violence and Promotes Peace

November 09, 2015

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Saint Anselm College is offering a series of events, exhibits, and speakers as part of the national "Enough is Enough "campaign designed to draw attention to issues related to violence and to promote peace. The campaign started on Monday Nov. 2 with the Clothesline and Silent Witness Projects and will extend through Thursday Nov. 14 with Contemplation and Action: Reflections on Human Trafficking.

"We are proud to be part of a nation-wide effort to promote safe environments in schools and on college campuses and to reinforce the message that any act of violence is unacceptable in the very places our nation‘s students should expect the greatest peace and security in order to be successful in their academic pursuits," says Joseph Horton, vice president of Student Affairs.

"Enough is Enough" was started in response to the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. Each year, the Students Affairs Division takes the lead in executing the events. However, many Saint Anselm organizations and departments play an important role in sponsoring events and ensuring the success of the campaign. These include the modern languages and economics departments, Multicultural Center, Core Council for LGBQ Students, Meelia Center, Residential Life and Education, Campus Safety and Security, and the Assault and Violence Education and Reporting Team (AVERT).

"I hope this initiative will raise awareness, foster important dialogue, highlight resources and help us find solutions to those issues," says Yemi Mahoney, director of Multicultural and Education Services. "Students need to understand they are a high risk group for sexual assault. They need to know where to go if they need help for themselves or for a friend. They need to understand that both men and women should care about these issues and work together on solutions. They need to know that people right her in our own community have been directly affected. And they need to know that this is an issue that we care about on this campus."Clothesline Project was part of college's Enough is Enough campaign

The campaign started with The Clothesline Project. From Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, this project sponsored by the Multicultural Center was on display in the Cushing Center. The t-shirts on display represented the feelings of victims of violence during the time of their abuse. To promote unity and support, students and faculty were encouraged to create their own shirts or simply view the display in solidarity for the victims.

The Multicultural Center also sponsored the Silent Witness Project. The traveling memorial honored women who were murdered as a result of domestic violence. The life-sized silhouettes each represent a woman who was murdered by a spouse, significant other, or ex-partner.

"Sexual assault is a taboo issue that many people don't want to discuss, but we cannot afford to be silent about these issues," says Mahoney. "In order to find solutions, we have to bring them to the forefront and talk about them."

On Wednesday Nov. 4 and Thursday Nov. 6, the Assault and Violence Education and Reporting Team (AVERT) hosted Download Days for Circle of 6 App, a free violence and prevention app. Available on iOS and Android devices, the app allows automatic sending of a pre-programmed SMS alert message from a user to six friends. In an effort to prevent violence before it starts, the message provides the user's exact location to this support network in the event of an uncomfortable or risky situation.

The Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event, sponsored by AVERT, was held on Nov. 6 in the Carr Center. This walk was aimed at educating the college community about sexual assault. Walkers were encouraged to wear the opposite gender's shoes, to gain a different perspective.

The campaign ends on Thursday Nov. 12 with Contemplating and Action: Reflections on Human Trafficking. This event is sponsored by SGA, Residential Life and Education, Campus Ministry, Multicultural Center, theology and politics departments, and NHIOP. Author and activist Chris Huertz, who has worked for over 20 years in the fight against the global trafficking epidemic, will be interviewing a young college student who was born in Indonesia and trafficked in the U.S. by a U.N. Diplomat.

Horton thanked all the participants, saying, "I offer my gratitude for all who have planned this year's campaign. This has been an effort of strong collaboration and excellent work by all involved."

Story by Rosemary Lausier '16

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